Scott Jones is counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Jones is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department and practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense, data breach response, cybersecurity and data privacy, anti-corruption, and trade and economic sanctions.
Mr. Jones is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with extensive experience advising clients under investigation for privacy, data security, and consumer protection practices. In that capacity, Mr. Jones has represented clients in matters before the Federal Trade Commission, state Attorneys General, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and international regulators (including the Irish Data Protection Commission, the Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Korea Communications Commission).
Mr. Jones has leveraged his broad experience before these regulators to become a leading advisor on privacy and security compliance and risk-mitigation strategies. As counsel at Latham, Mr. Jones has advised cutting-edge technology companies on topics ranging from autonomous vehicle technology to augmented reality to biometric data collection. A skilled technician in this area, Mr. Jones regularly provides senior guidance to his clients on core privacy statutes and regulations (Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act) as well as more obscure and emerging rules and regulations (state biometric privacy laws, auto-renewal rules, the California Consumer Privacy Act).
Mr. Jones also has significant experience in the area of security incident response. Mr. Jones has served as a trusted advisor to companies responding to a range of security incidents, global technology companies, financial institutions, and other regulated entities. Tellingly, Mr. Jones is often called on to advise companies that have experienced cybersecurity incidents at critical stages in their business, helping multiple clients through IPOs, and financings in the wake of a cyber incident. Mr. Jones also represents clients in the transactional setting, advising buyers, sellers, and investors in the M&A, financing, and public offering settings.
Mr. Jones has represented a number of clients pro bono before various local, state, and federal tribunals addressing complex matters concerning homelessness, veterans rights, immigration and family law, employment and related business matters, and contract enforcement disputes.
Mr. Jones’ recent representative engagements include:
- Advising multi-billion dollar US healthcare provider in cyber incident response investigation
- Defending FTC investigation into security practices at multi-billion dollar global food retailer
- Advised international IT solutions company on anti-corruption risks and compliance in bidding for government contracts
- Representing global oilfield services company in DOJ trade sanctions investigation
- Defending DOJ investigation of international financial institution in anti-money laundering investigation